Photographic adventures for personal, spiritual and artistic growth that emphasize vision and creativity over the mechanics of camera use. Challenge yourself at all levels of experience while enjoying camaraderie with kindred spirits.



New York Open Center, New York, NY
Assignment/Response Workshop
with Douglas Beasley
March 4, 2017


Integrate your spiritual practice with your artistic or photo practice. This special one-day workshop is about expanding the experience of awareness through photography and integrating our spiritual practices into our artistic practice. Done together they can strengthen one another. If you’ve been to Doug’s previous workshops consider it a ‘tune-up’. If you haven’t been to one of his workshops, here’s a chance to come and see what the fuss is all about! This one day could change your photography forever and deepen your creative path. Continue for more info…


Yunnan Provence, SW China & Shangri-La, Tibet
Travel/Destination Workshop
with Douglas Beasley
March 16 – 29, 2017


This is an amazing journey to a beautiful, ethnically diverse corner of China that still has very few Western tourists. We stay at the stunning Linden Center, which has won numerous awards for both service and level of accommodation, as one of China’s best boutique hotels. Then we move on to Shangri-La in Tibet, where we stay at another spectacular hotel next to the second largest Tibetan monastery outside of Lhasa. The setting is spectacular and the experience is once-in-a-lifetime rich. Continue for more info…


Iceland: Land of the Midnight Sun
Travel/Destination Workshop
with Douglas Beasley
May 4 – 14, 2017


At the northern end of the Atlantic Ocean sits Iceland, just touching the arctic circle. Although more than 13% is covered by snowfields and glaciers, the Gulf Stream keeps the climate milder than one would expect from an island near the top of the world. Iceland is renowned for the diversity of its natural wonders: a stunning coastline, slumbering volcanos, majestic waterfalls, glaciated fjords, souring mountains, and lush forests are just part of what makes this island amazing. Continue for more info…

Badlands of South Dakota
Assignment/Response Workshop
with Douglas Beasley
May 25 – 29, 2017


Whether you are a very experienced people or figure photographer or you are a complete novice who has never worked with the nude, this is a wonderful opportunity to work with the figure in the landscape in a supportive, non-sexist, non-competitive environment. Continue for more info…


Chicago Botanic Garden, Highland Park, IL
Assignment/Response Workshop
with Douglas Beasley
June 10 – 11, 2017

This workshop will be about making, not taking, photographs by nourishing a deepening in our heart/soul/self and then bringing that awareness into our photo making process. We will work on giving our photos more layers of meaning to    make stronger, more powerful images. Continue for more info…


Colorado Photographic Arts Center, Denver Assignment/Response Workshop
with Douglas Beasley 
June 24-25, 2017

New workshop!

Omega Institute, Rhinebeck, NY      
Bull_Festival10_4_18001_1Assignment/Response Workshop
with Douglas Beasley
July 2 – 7, 2017

This workshop will be about making, not taking, photographs by nourishing a deepening in our heart/soul/self and then bringing that awareness into our photo making process. We will work on giving our photos more layers of meaning to   make stronger, more powerful images. Continue for more info…

Ireland2708_021West Coast, Ireland
Strabo Photo Tour Collection
Travel/Destination Workshop
with Douglas Beasley
July 15 – 25, 2017

Journey through the lush green fields of Ireland, with summer flowers at every turn. Your itinerary is set in the unspoiled villages, rugged ancient abbeys, broad peat lowlands, and the dramatic coastline of Western Ireland. Continue for more info…


1440 Multiversity, Santa Cruz, CA
Assignment/response workshop
with Douglas Beasley
July 30 – Aug 4, 2017

We learn to create more powerful images through finding our own voice while remaining open to new possibilities, supporting the notion that a photograph is not “taken” but made. We become better photographers by staying in touch with our inner selves through the creative process and use that awareness to form a deeper connection with our chosen subject. Continue for more info…

1207Maine024_1Maine Media Workshops, Rockport, Maine  
Assignment/Response Workshop
with Douglas Beasley
August 13 – 19, 2017

Join us for a powerful week of exploring new ways of seeing and making photographs that come from a more personal and intimate place.  We will learn to harness intuition, quietness, spirituality and even introversion, as creative forces in our art and photography. We revitalize our creativity by exploring the relationship between subject, camera and self. Continue for more info…

1011_Japan_037Kyoto, Japan
Travel/Destination Workshop
with Douglas Beasley 
September 24 – October 3, 2017

Join Doug in his favorite place on the planet, Japan, for a once-in-a-lifetime adventure! As we wander through old streets and down mysterious alleys, make images in Buddhist Temples, Zen gardens and Shinto Shrines, our images reflect on the surreal world of inner calm and tranquility. Every moment becomes a good moment for a photo.
Continue for more info…

guatemalawkshpMother and Daughter, Antigua, GuatemalaArt Workshops in Guatemala Antigua, Guatemala
Travel/Destination Workshop
with Douglas Beasley
 October 28 – November 6

Join us in exploring the mysterious, exotic Mayan world of Guatemala, a land where the indigenous live as they have for centuries. The stunningly beautiful colonial town of La Antigua will be our home base and introduction to outdoor markets, music, food and culture. Continue for more info…



Hamakua Coast, Big Island, Hawai’i
Travel/Destination Workshop
with Douglas Beasley
February 15-24

This is not your parents Hawaii. This is an incredible journey to the old authentic and indigenous Hawaii and not the pre-packaged tourist version. Even if you’ve been to Honolulu and Waikiki on the Island of Oahu please join us because you have not seen or experienced anything close to this Hawaii. Some highlights will be a trip to the lava flow on the island’s active volcano, black sand beaches, spectacular waterfalls, wandering through old plantation villages, Buddhist temples, ancient stone spiritual grounds and meeting and hanging out with with some of the islands many artists and photographers. Continue for more info…


Interested in the kind of work others have made at
Vision Quest Photo Workshops?
Check out some of our past student work here.
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Artists Retreats and Custom Photo Workshops
Near Grantsburg, NW Wisconsin
1.5 hours drive from the Twin Cities, MN

Vision Quest’s Trade River Retreat Center is available for individuals or small groups of up to 6 people for personal retreats, private workshops or an Artist’s Residency. Or have a custom workshop for you or your group created by Doug. This beautiful, very private, north woods setting rests on the banks of the Trade River, a designated trout stream and protected waterway. Continue for more info…


Kathleen on the Bridge, Taos, New MexicoWith Douglas Beasley
Contact studio for availability


Invest in your artistic growth and move your career forward with a custom-designed Mentorship. Focus your creative vision, develop your photographic talents and advance your artistic and career goals with a mentorship. Continue for more info…


Kathleen on the Bridge, Taos, New MexicoTrade River Retreat Center, NW Wisconsin
Or at your chosen location…
with Douglas Beasley
Contact studio for available dates

Invest in your artistic growth and move your art forward with an intensive one-on-one private or small group workshop. Custom design your workshop together around your needs and desires for growth based on a holistic approach, examining all aspects of your creative process. Continue for more info…

visionquestassignmentvqcards A Deck of Photo Assignment Cards
for Personal, Artistic and Spiritual Growth

A deck of 36 beautifully designed and printed cards, with a unique photo assignment on the back of each one, housed in a nicely designed box and printed on recycled paper. Photo Assignment Cards give daily, weekly or monthly photo assignments whenever and wherever you need them. Continue for more info…